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Collection Drive Held to Replace Gnomes Stolen from Springfield Veteran

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A community is coming together to help a U.S. veteran replace her gnome collection.

Last month, someone stole 40 gnomes from Kathy Bush in Springfield.

Friday, MIX 93.1 teamed up with the Sixteen Acres Garden Center to collect garden gnomes.

Organizers say it’s a chance to honor the men and women who serve our country.

“I think the important thing for Karen and I, when we heard the story, was that we knew that Kathy Bush was a veteran – five oversees deployments – and this kind of became a symbol of, just to show people, how we feel veteran should be treated when they return home,” says MIX 93.1 morning host Chris Zito.

Bush says she will put her new collection of gnomes in her backyard so no one steals them again.

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